• Canal project flowing smoothly

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    The Dubai Water Canal project is progressing on schedule, an official said at a government services expo where a huge model of the canal is on show. Scheduled for completion in mid-2016, the canal will run 3.2km from Business Bay and empty into the sea in Jumeirah. The Dh2 billion project will cut across Shaikh Zayed Road, Al Safa Park and Al Wasl and Jumeirah roads. The large canal model, turning heads at the Dubai Government Achievements Exhibition (DGAE) until Wednesday, offers a rare view of the entire project in 3D. More »Canal project flowing smoothly

  • Bad neighbours can turn up anywhere

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    Dubai Municipality says if you have any complaint, just dial 800 900 and file a complaint. Ebrahim Abdullah Al Dashti, head of the Contact Centre Section at the municipality, told Gulf News that there are different sections at the municipality dealing with different complaints. “As a municipality, we don’t interfere in certain cases,” a municipality employee at the hotline desk said. For example, leaving garbage on the ground of the garbage room, or even in the corridor, instead of throwing it inside the chute is the responsibility of the landlord. More »Bad neighbours can turn up anywhere

  • Stand up and be counted, Siniora tells Arab countries

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    Priority should be given to restore strategic balance in the Middle East and stop superpowers and regional countries from using the Arab countries to achieve their goals, a regional security conference heard in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Political, economic and military alliances between the Arab countries will restore the balance of power and strengthen political and security order in the Middle East, officials and security experts told the 20th annual conference of the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research which was themed, "The Middle East: Shifting Roles, Interests and Alliances". “Following the military coup in Yemen, former Arab League Chief Amr Mousa and I called for building a joint Arab force to keep the strategic security and integrity of Arab countries and to protect their air and maritime routes. The unified Arab military force is a true expression of what we hoped for,” said former Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. More »Stand up and be counted, Siniora tells Arab countries

  • Al Shabab brace for final push in Arabian Gulf League

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    With only six matches remaining, Al Shabab coach Caio Junior is looking to avoid the mistakes of last season and end up among the top teams in the Arabian Gulf League (AGL) this year. After being among the leaders towards the end of last season, Al Shabab managed just two points in their last seven matches to end in fourth place, a clear 20 points away from champions Al Ahli. “From now on we need to believe that we can win against any team, be it a big team like Al Jazira or Al Ain or a smaller one like Emirates,” he added. The Brazilian, who turned 50 earlier in March, is certainly not taking anything for granted against Emirates Club Ras Al Khaimah, their Round 21 opponents on Thursday night. More »Al Shabab brace for final push in Arabian Gulf League

  • Abu Dhabi’s first solar-powered car on display at Yas Mall

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    The first solar car produced in Abu Dhabi will be displayed at Yas Mall starting from Wednesday. The idea behind the solar car came about in 2013 at the World Future Energy Summit, with Tokai University displaying its own solar car, the ‘Tokai Challenger 2011’. Inspired by the idea, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, decided to launch the UAE’s own project in building its own solar-powered car. More »Abu Dhabi’s first solar-powered car on display at Yas Mall

  • Hafilat bus cards to roll out in May

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    A new public bus payment system will be rolled out providing users per kilometre tariff calculations and smart cards for use across the UAE, the Department of Transport (DoT) announced on Tuesday. Meanwhile, journeys made to other emirates will start at Dh10, with an additional Dh0.1 per kilometre. “This method charges people per kilometre travelled. Trip amounts used to be rounded up to the nearest dirham and now people can save because they are paying for an almost exact distance,” said Mohammad Bin Malek, section head of ITS solutions at the DoT. More »Hafilat bus cards to roll out in May

  • Hard money, soft standards? Tough questions for China's new bank

    AFP - 6 hours ago

    China scored a diplomatic coup by enticing almost 50 countries including key US allies to join its new development bank, but analysts say authoritarian Beijing now faces a daunting task managing a multilateral institution for the first time, with members ranging from the Netherlands to Nepal. By Tuesday's deadline to seek founding membership of the $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) a total of 48 countries and Taiwan had applied, the finance ministry and governments said. They include four of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, 16 out of 34 members of the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) and all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Conspicuous by their absence are the United States and Japan. More »Hard money, soft standards? Tough questions for China's new bank

  • US lifts arms embargo on Egypt

    Al Jazeera - 6 hours ago

    Supply of military equipment to Egypt resumes after it was frozen when the military took power in Cairo two years ago. More »US lifts arms embargo on Egypt

  • Man cleared of molesting boy during Quran lessons

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    A man has been cleared of molesting an eight-year-old boy while giving him private lessons in reading the Quran at the child’s family house. According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the suspect abused the fact that the children were with him in the sitting room and away from their parents when he molested the older boy. The Pakistani father alleged to prosecutors that he hired the man to give his children private lessons thrice a week on how to read the Quran. More »Man cleared of molesting boy during Quran lessons

  • Dubai Courts launches 80 smart services

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    Dubai Courts Department (DCD) is primarily focusing on further improving the quality, efficiency and reliability of its legal and judicial services through full-fledged smart transformation initiatives to acquire high client satisfaction. This is part of its vision to attain global leadership and become a model of judicial works to catapult the UAE into the ranks of the world’s most developed nations, said Tarish Eid Al Mansouri, DCD Director-General, today. Addressing a media gathering on the second day of the Dubai Government Achievements Exhibition, Al Mansouri’s announcement came as part of DCD’s launch of 80 smart services that “will pave the way for a new era of excellence in providing integrated legal and judiciary services to achieve customer satisfaction and community welfare”. He commended the services as a major leap in the Dubai Government’s transformation into the world’s smartest city. More »Dubai Courts launches 80 smart services

  • Murder victim’s family demands death sentence

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    The family of an Indian businessman who was stabbed to death with a knife in Sharjah has rejected an offer by the killer’s family to pay ‘diya’ (blood money) and insisted on a death sentence in line with Islamic law. Saleem Sahoo, the lawyer of the victim, told Gulf News the victim’s family informed him that they would not accept blood money and would demand a death sentence. More »Murder victim’s family demands death sentence

  • Doctor accused of abusing woman

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    A doctor has been accused of inappropriately touching a woman patient at his house where he was practising unlicensed naturopathy and alternative medicine. The 47-year-old Indian doctor, K.K., was said to have been treating his 22-year-old countrywoman for menstrual pains and touched her inappropriately while using naturopathy, a form of alternative medicine, in November. The suspect, who has won awards in alternative therapies, entered a not guilty plea when he defended himself before the Dubai Court of First Instance on Tuesday. According to the charge sheet, prosecutors said the doctor molested the 22-year-old woman when he groped her several times while treating her through alternative medicine. More »Doctor accused of abusing woman

  • Theft-related rumours in UAQ false, police say

    Gulf News - 6 hours ago

    Reports of theft across all police stations in general are very limited, the Umm Al Quwain Police General Headquarters (GHQ) announced today (Tuesday). Colonel Mohammad Ebrahim Al Bairaq, director-general of Police Operations at Umm Al Quwain Police GHQ, said that since the beginning of the year until the end of March, no more than 10 reports were received, with most being minor thefts at home. The Umm Al Quwain Police GHQ warned against spreading false and unreliable information as it can be disruptive and have a negative impact socially, culturally, economically and security-wise. The Umm Al Quwain Police GHQ additionally emphasised that recent gossip circulating among the people of Umm Al Quwain regarding thefts in the emirate is based purely on rumours, and only confuses citizens and residents in the country. More »Theft-related rumours in UAQ false, police say

  • Fight to save Italy steelworks, where cancer trumps starving

    AFP - 6 hours ago

    As the main blast furnace at one of Europe's most polluted steelworks belches its last toxic cloud, activist Fabio Matacchiera was the only one there celebrating. In the impoverished city of Taranto, work that has provoked cancer is preferable to starving. Here, where red iron oxide dust from the factory stains balconies and tombstones, a full-scale struggle is under way between employees of Europe's biggest steelworks who rely on its operation to put food on the table, and judges who have forced its partial closure on environmental grounds. More »Fight to save Italy steelworks, where cancer trumps starving

  • Iraqi forces take back central Tikrit from ISIL

    Al Jazeera - 6 hours ago

    Haider al-Abadi says Iraqi forces reach centre of Saddam Hussein's home city as operation under way to take whole city. More »Iraqi forces take back central Tikrit from ISIL

  • Today in History

    Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    Today is Wednesday, April 1, the 91st day of 2015. There are 274 days left in the year. This is April Fool's Day. More »Today in History

  • Tiger Woods out of top 100

    IANS - 6 hours ago

    Washington, April 1 (IANS) Tiger Woods has dropped out of the top 100 for the first time since 1996, a media report said on Wednesday. The former world number one player dropped to 104 this week, reported Xinhua. More »Tiger Woods out of top 100

  • Four Indian Americans among Crain's New York '40 under 40'

    IANS - 6 hours ago

    Washington, April 1 (IANS) Four Indian Americans figure among Crain's 2015 class of "40 Under 40" - described as "the most talented, driven and dynamic professionals under the age of 40 who are working in New York City today." Picked up from more than 450 firms, the business magazine's choices range from a gifted ballerina to a charismatic marketing guru. The four Indian-Americans in the list are: Amy Jain, Aditya Julka, Reshma Saujani and Nina Tandon. Amy Jain, 32, a Harvard Business School graduate and former investment banker, started BaubleBar, the accessories company that supplies high-end stores like Nordstrom and Anthropologie. More »Four Indian Americans among Crain's New York '40 under 40'

  • Asian stocks lackluster as Japan, China data shows weakness

    Associated Press - 6 hours ago

    TOKYO (AP) — Asian stock markets were lackluster Wednesday as China's manufacturing remained weak in February and a Japanese central bank survey showed businesses are wary about the economic outlook More »Asian stocks lackluster as Japan, China data shows weakness

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